- Russian shelling has prevented the evacuation of the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol again, Ukraineâ€™s deputy prime minister says.
- Ukrainian interior ministry adviser Vadym Denysenko says situation in Mariupol is â€œcriticalâ€.
- Russian forces have shelled Ukraineâ€™s port city of Mykolayiv, regional governor says.
- US and its top allies are revoking Russiaâ€™s â€œmost favoured nationâ€ status amid pressure campaign on President Vladimir Putin to end the war.
- UN says it is not aware of a biological weapons programme in Ukraine.
- Ukrainian envoy to UN dismisses Moscowâ€™s accusation that Kyiv is operating US-backed biological weapons laboratories as â€œinsane deliriumâ€.
Here are the latest updates:
Russia using cluster munitions, incendiary weapons, Ukrainian human rights lawyer says
Oleksandra Matviichuk, head of the Center for Civil Liberties in Kyiv, said the group has gathered evidence of Russian forces using unguided bombs, cluster munitions and incendiary weapons.
â€œThatâ€™s why we have so [many] casualties among civilian populations,â€ Matviichuk told Al Jazeera.
She added that the centre also has gathered evidence that of deliberate Russian bombings of civilian infrastructure and humanitarian corridors along which civilians are seeking to leave conflict areas. Russia has denied it targets civilians.
ICC prosecutor opens online portal to gather evidence in war crimes probe
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened an online portal to gather evidence of war crimes in Ukraine.
Prosecutor Karim A A Khan said in a statement that he is â€œclosely following the deeply troubling developments in hostilitiesâ€, after recent reports of Russian attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure.
â€œIf attacks are intentionally directed against the civilian population: that is a crime. If attacks are intentionally directed against civilian objects: that is a crime. I strongly urge parties to the conflict to avoid the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas,â€ he said.
Technicians repairing damaged power lines at Chernobyl, IAEA says
Ukraine has informed the UNâ€™s atomic energy watchdog that technicians have started repairing damaged power lines in an effort to restore external electricity supplies to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant site.
Electricity supplies to the plant, which is currently under Russian control, were cut off entirely earlier this week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.
â€œUkraineâ€™s regulatory authority said work that began on the evening of 10 March had succeeded in repairing one section, but off-site electrical power was still down, indicating there was still damage in other places,â€ the statement said.
#Ukraine nuclear regulator told IAEA: technicians started repairing damaged power lines at #Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant; off-site electrical power still down; additional fuel for diesel generators was delivered; staff still has not been able to rotate. https://t.co/B8aNmzT4EJ pic.twitter.com/cE3wC1Q9In
â€” IAEA â€“ International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg) March 11, 2022
US sanctions Russians over support for N.Korea weapons programme
The United States has announced economic sanctions against two Russian individuals and three entities over their support for North Koreaâ€™s weapons programme.
The sanctions target â€œa network of Russia-based individuals and entities complicit in helping the DPRK procure components for its unlawful ballistic missile systems,â€ the Treasury under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, Brian Nelson, said in a statement, referring to North Koreaâ€™s official name, the Democratic Peopleâ€™s Republic of Korea.
Money transfers from abroad will be paid only in roubles, Russiaâ€™s central bank says
Russians receiving money transfers from foreign banks will only be allowed to withdraw the cash in roubles, the central bank has said, the latest move in a bid to cope with western sanctions.
The bank said the new temporary measure would come into effect on Saturday. It did not give an end date.
The bank said on Tuesday that until September 9, banks could not sell hard currency to Russian citizens.
US imposes more sanctions on Putinâ€™s inner circle, Russian oligarchs
The US has announced more sanctions on members of Russian President Vladimir Putinâ€™s inner circle, as well as oligarchs and others who backed Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine.
The Treasury Department said in a statement that three family members of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov were targeted by the sanctions, as was the management board of the sanctioned VTB Bank.
Twelve members of the Russian Duma were also blacklisted, the department said.
Russia to supply Belarus with modern weapons: Belta news agency
The leaders of Russia and Belarus have agreed that Moscow would supply its neighbour with the most up-to-date military equipment in the near future, the official Belarus Belta news agency said.
Belta also said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko agreed at their Kremlin meeting on joint steps for mutual support in face of Western sanctions, including on energy prices.
The news agency did not provide additional details.
US Defense Secretary to attend NATO meeting in Brussels
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will attend a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels on March 16, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has said.
â€œWe can expect the defence ministers to talk seriously about what NATO is doing to better shore up its defences,â€ Kirby told reporters.
Austin also will later travel to Slovakia for further discussions with leaders there, Kirby said.
Biden expected to sign bill containing $13.6bn in Ukraine aid
Biden is set to sign a spending bill that contains $13.6bn in emergency military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The US Senate gave final approval to the bill late on Thursday, sending it to Bidenâ€™s desk for final approval.
â€œWeâ€™re giving the Ukrainians billions for food, medicine, shelter, and support for the over two million refugees who have had to leave Ukraine,â€ said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Read more on the legislation here.
YouTube blocking access to Russian state-owned media
YouTube is immediately blocking access around the world to channels associated with Russian state-funded media, the company has said, citing a policy barring content that denies, minimises or trivialises well-documented violent events.
The worldâ€™s most used streaming video service said Russiaâ€™s invasion of Ukraine now fell under its violent events policy and violating material would be removed.
YouTube spokesman Farshad Shadloo said the blocking of the Russian outlets was in line with that policy.
Russian shelling prevents Mariupol evacuation, Ukraine says
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has said Russian shelling prevented evacuees from leaving the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, while Russian forces also stopped some buses of people trying to flee the Kyiv region.
In a video address, Vereshchuk said some planned evacuations were successful, including 1,000 people who were evacuated from the village of Vorzel, in the Ukrainian capital area.
Russian forces have laid siege to Mariupol, and Ukraine says 1,582 civilians have died there since the invasion began.
Welcome to Al Jazeeraâ€™s continuing coverage of the Ukraine-Russia crisis.
Read all the updates from Friday, March 11, here.